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ATMA 2017 Preparation Tips

Last Updated - November 02, 2016

ATMA is conducted every year for admissions to Post Graduate Management Programme. ATMA is held 4 times every year in Online and Offline mode and is scheduled in February, 2016. The ATMA question paper has 180 questions and the time duration to complete the examination is 180 minutes. The question paper is divided into 6 sections and each section consists of 30 questions. ATMA question paper has objective type multiple choice questions candidates are advised to select only one appropriate answer to each question out of 4 options.

Candidates are advised to practice previous year sample paper to prepare for ATMA. The three sections that need to be worked on are: -

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Verbal Skills
  • Quantitative Skills

Candidates are required to revise their 12th standard syllabus of Mathematics and should practice short cut formulas and methods. It is required to read a newspaper regularly and should also read magazines as much as possible to improve their English language and vocabulary. Analytical reasoning section consists of analogy, coding- decoding, data sufficiency, statement implication etc and these topics can be prepared by practicing CAT or MAT study material and sample papers. Candidates must prepare this section very well.


How to prepare for ATMA 2017?

Candidates should focus on the three areas of concern i.e. Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Skills, and Analytical Reasoning. Here we have mentioned how to prepare each section wisely and efficiently.

  • Quantitative Aptitude: This section has questions that are based on the 12th standard syllabus of Mathematics structured by NCERT. Candidates should consider their books of Senior Secondary and also practice mock test papers to get the idea about the structure of ATMA question paper and the topics that must be considered important. Topics such as permutation and combination, inequality, number series, probability, quadratic equation, statistics, pie chart must be practiced properly.
  • Verbal Skills: This section requires a good grip on English language and vocabulary. Candidates must read a newspaper, magazines and watch news and shows in English this will help them a lot.
  • Analytical Reasoning: Reasoning section is all about practice candidates should practice mock test papers to improve their analytical reasoning skills.

Know ATMA Exam Pattern


Preparation Schedule

All competitive level examinations are time-based. Candidates are required to be very efficient with time management. They are required to attempt 180 questions in 180 minutes which means 1 minute for each question. It is very important to plan preparation schedule for the examination as it will eventually help the candidate during the examination to complete the test within the time limit.

  • Candidates must consider previous year question paper to get the idea about the important topics and start preparing those topics first.
  • Practice at least 1 mock test paper daily.
  • Aspirants are advised to divide their time equally among each section so that they may get enough time to prepare every topic properly.
  • Month before the commencement of examination should be kept for revision.
  • Candidates are advised not to touch any new topic at the last moment as it will eventually result in confusion and waste of time.

Revision Tips

Revision is the most crucial part of preparation which is often neglected by the candidates. Candidates focus more on covering every single topic till the last moment and forget to give time for revision without which their all hard work get wasted.

It is always advised to revise every topic after the preparation so that it stays there in the mind and left no scope for confusion. Preparation schedule must end on revision. Candidates must prepare a handy note of important formulas and short tricks for revision at the last moment.


Important Topics

ATMA question paper consists of three sections Analytical Reasoning, Verbal Skills, and Quantitative Aptitude. All these sections have a number of topics to be covered. Here we are providing a list of important topics from each section.

  1. Analytical Reasoning: This section is designed to test the analytical ability of the candidate and it consists of the following topics:
  • Critical Arrangement
  • Distribution
  • Deduction
  • Input-Output
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Statements & Conclusions (Inequalities)
  • Cause & Effect
  • Course of Action
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Strong and Weak Arguments
  • Inference
  1. Verbal Skills: This section of ATMA question paper requires a good hold on English language and vocabulary.
  • Synonyms (word pair)
  • Sentence completion
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Idioms
  • Para Formation Questions (PFQs)
  • Error identification
  1. Quantitative Aptitude:Candidates are required to work on their mathematical skills and should prepare the following topics very properly.
  • Arithmetic
  1. Equations, Ratio & Proportion, Variation
  2. Numbers
  3. Percentage, Profit & Loss, Partnership
  4. Average, Mixture and Alligation
  5. Simple Interest and Compound Interest
  6. Geometry & Mensuration
  7. Time & Distance
  8. Time & Work
  9. Quantitative Comparison
  10. Number Series
  • Data Interpretation
  1. Pie Chart
  2. Caselets
  • Higher Math
  1. Probability
  2. Permutation & Combination
  3. Statistics

Read About ATMA Syllabus


What should be avoided while preparing for ATMA?

It is very important to strategize the preparation schedule of ATMA 2017 examination as it helps a lot in managing the time and concentration. Candidates must try to avoid any type of disturbance or any activity that waste their time. Here are few things that a candidate must consider and try to avoid while preparing for ATMA examination.

  • Avoid wasting time on the topic you get stuck on. Skip that topic and continue with the other one this is how you save your time from wasting.
  • Try to practice short cut formulas and tricks to solve complicated questions instead of using conventional lengthy methods.
  • Avoid hunting and picking any random books for preparation. Get only those books that are highly recommended by the experts.
  • Do not mug up the formulas, do practice it and solve questions as much as you can.
  • Completely avoid preparing any new topic at the last moment. Keep the last month of preparation for revision.

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